Our desire as a ministry is for discipleship to take place at home and support parents in their role as the primary spiritual influence in a young person’s life. In order to do this we wanted to provide you with some follow up material to use at home to continue the discussion and have a better understanding of what we’ve been talking about during FUEL.
Dec. 11 – Dec. 18
(no msFUEL on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, we’ll be back together on Jan. 8)
(Click here to download a copy of the Parent Cue for this series)
It’s Christmas. Nativity scenes are everywhere. You know, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and the drummer boy (who wasn’t actually there). Maybe you grew up seeing these scenes and wondered what they were all about. Or maybe you’ve heard the story a million times. Either way, there’s another story we bet you haven’t heard, characters you barely know, scenes you don’t see in the plastic nativity on your neighbor’s lawn. As we explore two often-untold parts of the Christmas story, we discover that God had something bigger in mind from the very beginning. And, just as it was true for those at the first Christmas, He may just have a bigger story in mind for us as well.
BOTTOM LINE: God’s story is worth waiting for.
We are a part of a fast generation. When we want something, we want it right then and now. Simply put: We don’t like to wait. Whether you’re waiting on Christmas morning to arrive, for the bell to ring at the end of the school day, or the answer to a big question to finally come, there’s something about waiting that makes us uncomfortable. And the bigger the thing you’re waiting on, the harder it is to wait. It eventually makes us want to give up, throw in the towel, and walk away. But what if the problem with waiting isn’t that we have to do it, but that we don’t know how to do it well? What if instead of focusing on the wait, we focused on the hope that what we’re waiting for was coming? Easier said than done, right? Well, this week we’ll take a look at someone in the Bible who knew how to wait well—a guy named Simeon. And as we look at how Simeon waited on the promise of God to be fulfilled, we’ll see that when we keep hope, stay focused, and trust in God, the wait will definitely be worth it!
BOTTOM LINE: God’s story is worth living for.
One of the best things about Christmas is obviously the presents! Who doesn’t love waking up to a pile of gifts? While there’s definitely nothing wrong with being excited about your Christmas morning collection, sometimes it takes the focus off important parts of the holiday—family, friends, and loved ones—and puts it on something else—ourselves. The truth is, we don’t just do this at Christmas. Our culture pushes us all the time to live for ourselves first, even when it’s at the expense of others. So what do we do? How do we balance looking out for ourselves and our own best interests without buying into the belief that the world revolves around us? This week we’ll look back to the Christmas story, but this time we’ll focus on Mary’s story. As the mother of Jesus, she played a huge role in the way the story unfolded. And her response when given the choice to put herself over others will show us that there’s something worth living for beyond just ourselves.